[EDITOR'S NOTE: Thanks Jing for writing this piece. I was wondering the same thing when I saw pictures of this new batch of Starstruck finalists being marketed as love teams this early on. In my humble opinion, BAD IDEA! ~ The Feisty]
ALDUB has been incomplete for 3 straight days now. Either TAPE’s separation tactics has shifted to even “hiding” Alden for days now by allowing the GMA Artist Center to strike while the iron is hot. Or it’s an attempt to make a star out of Maine Mendoza out of the ALDUB system. Then again, it’s one reason why GMA’s current attempts at concocting love teams among their Starstruck finalists is getting a rather lukewarm response.
Which comes first? The love team or the project? In case the project arrives ahead of the love team formed, will the “kilig” last long enough? This made the love team manufacturing department of Philippine showbiz a tough department to get into especially when the love team you least expect to form gets the following that ALDUB now enjoys.
What made it hard for some networks to come up with a love team that clicks? Because it’s still a matter of hit-or-miss in pairing their talents in a project. KathNiel will not be a love team if not for Albie Casino getting into several issues beyond repair. And Kathryn Bernardo had to topbill “Princess and I” with 3 possible love interests before her handlers found the right alchemy with Daniel Padilla. In their case, the project came first before a love team was forged.
The same thing can be said about JaDine. James Reid already earned some notoriety in Pinoy Big Brother. Then he got the lead role for “Diary ng Panget” alongside then newcomer Nadine Ilustre. Much of the success was sourced from bagging lead roles in a popular piece of literature from Wattpad. If there was one love team that managed to capitalize on the Wattpad trend, it would be JaDine. It is another case of a love team forged when placed in a project that the audience is already familiar with.
So no soaps. No films (at least none released as of this writing). But a segment at Eat Bulaga managed to produce a love team too. Could ALDUB be the exception in having no so-called projects but still forging a love team? If we would go technical, Eat Bulaga’s Problem Solving is the project. Eat Bulaga is a noontime variety show. So expect ANYTHING, including novelties-turned-euphoria like ALDUB to come along.
Was this the first time that a love team was formed in Eat Bulaga? No. But ALDUB was accidental compared to Richard Hwan’s love team. If not for the Pinoy Henyo segment, the folks behind Eat Bulaga will not realize that their You’re My Foreignoy and You’re My Foreignay winners can be paired into a love team. And so they were paired as a love team. How come it did not succeed like that of ALDUB?